Category Archives: Television

The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time

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There’s never been a creative boom for TV like the one we are living through right now. Ever since The Sopranos changed the game at the turn of the century, we’ve been in a gold rush that gives no signs of slowing down. What better moment to look back and celebrate the greatest shows in the history of the art form?

So Rolling Stone Magazine undertook a major poll – actors, writers, producers, critics, showrunners. Legends like Carl Reiner and Garry Marshall, who sent us his ballot shortly before his death this summer. All shows from all eras were eligible; anybody could vote for whatever they felt passionate about, from the black-and-white rabbit-ears years to the binge-watching peak-TV era. The ratings didn’t matter – only quality. The voters have spoken – and, damn, did they have some fierce opinions. On this list you’ll find vintage classics and new favorites, ambitious psychodramas and stoner comedies, underrated cult gems ripe for rediscovery, cops and cartoons and vampire slayers. You’ll find the groundbreaking creations of yesteryear as well as today’s innovators. (There was nothing like Transparent or Orange Is the New Black or Game of Thrones a few years ago, but who could imagine this list without them?) The list is guaranteed to start plenty of loud arguments – but the beauty of TV is how it keeps giving us so much to argue about.

Check out the list HERE.

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The Dark Tower TV Series Will Adapt Stephen King’s Wizard And Glass

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In honor of Stephen King’s birthday, the makers of The Dark Tower film are unwrapping their plans for the saga’s companion TV series.

The movie — starring Idris Elba as the gunslinger Roland Deschain, and Matthew McConaughey as the menacing Man in Black — opens on Feb. 17 and explores the hero and villain’s opposing quests to reach an otherworldly tower that connects their apocalyptic realm with ours.

Ever since the film project was first proposed, it came packaged with an unusual idea: a spin-off TV show that would fill in the fantasy epic’s prodigious backstory.

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Now, sources at production company MRC and the film’s executive producer and co-screenwriter, Akiva Goldsman, have revealed to Entertainment Weekly details about what they have planned for that series.

MRC has committed not just to making a pilot, but producing a full run of between 10 and 13 episodes, depending on how the scripts and story arcs develop. The Dark Tower show will begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018, ideally around the time the film becomes available on cable or streaming services.

The bulk of the show will focus on the fourth book in the saga, Wizard and Glass, which told another tale of young Roland and his early tribulations. MRC created this map, overlayed with a quote from the book.

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Read more HERE.

 

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Batman: The Animated Series & The New Batman Adventures By Dave Perillo

This Saturday, September 17th, is Batman Day. What better way to celebrate the Bat than with a couple of new posters for what is easily our favorite version of the Dark Knight? Tomorrow, Mondo will have new posters for Batman: The Animated Series, and its continuation series, The New Batman Adventures by Dave Perillo!

These posters will be available tomorrow at a random time at mondotees.com. Be sure to get out to your local comic shop and celebrate Batman Day this Saturday!

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Batman: The Animated Series by Dave Perillo
18″x24″ Screen Print, Edition of 225
Printed by D&L Screenprinting
$40

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The New Batman Adventures by Dave Perillo
18″x24″ Screen Print, Edition of 225
Printed by D&L Screenprinting
$40

Please follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement. These posters will be available online at a random time on Thursday, September 15th.

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The Best Bingo Related Scenes In Film & TV

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Bingo, although stereotypically associated with the older generations, is still a much loved pastime and is now increasing in popularity thanks to the growth of the online industry and modern reinventions of the game. With an upsurge of young followers, coupled with a wealth of games, offers and online bingo bonuses, the industry is thriving in 2016.

In fact, such is the game’s influence, that it has also become a staple in modern culture. Whether it be for humour, politics or just to set the scene, bingo proves to be a popular choice amongst today’s film and TV directors.

Rampage

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Rampage is a 2009 mass murder thriller which received a cult following. Despite its apparent gruesome plot, the bingo scene in Rampage is rather humorous. The movie is about a boy filled with hatred at the world and decides to take his anger out by going on a killing spree.

Equipped with a Kevlar suit and an arsenal of weapons, he embarks on his rampage and comes across a bingo hall. The hitman wanders around the bingo hall seemingly unnoticed as no players appear to pay attention to his presence, instead immersed in their game at hand. Leaving his plethora of weapons on the able, he takes a ball from the bingo caller and shouts it out, it is only then he is noticed but still, people continue to play despite the new caller’s sudden armor suit and rifle. He leaves without harming anyone deciding the players are close to death anyway. The scene is said to be portraying the high levels of concentration bingo requires.

Bad Grandpa

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Bad Grandpa is the fourth installment of the Jackass film series and makes for a hilarious movie. The Bad Grandpa, unsurprisingly the protagonist of the movie, is preparing to take part in a game on bingo, with the fellow participants oblivious to the hidden cameras. The prankster grandpa makes some inappropriate remarks and disgusts bingo fans by drinking bingo fluid.

His continuous ill-suited force fellow bingo-goers to move tables and is a scene that will leave you cringing for the poor unsuspecting gamers. A definite must watch for fans of senseless humor.

The Babadook

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Much like Rampage, Babadook is one of the darker films which uses bingo as part of its plot. The psychological thriller tells the story of troubled widow Amelia. She works in a care home which represents the mundaneness of her life. Amelia calls a bingo game for the residents in an attempt to liven things up, however, her attempts often see her being reprimanded which is a representation of her place in society.

Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul, the spin-off prequel for the successful Breaking Bad crime drama, also features a bingo scene. The scene is rather poignant as it allows him the motivation he needs to make some changes in his life.

Seeing Saul call a game of bingo is rather unusual but necessary, not only does it reveal an endearing side to his character but it also allows him to get a lot off his chest as it leads him a rant at the puzzled patrons at the retirement home.

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Sebastian Maniscalco’s Third Showtime Comedy Special “Why Would You Do That?” To Air October 1, 2106

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Chicago-born-and-bred, Sebastian Maniscalco has tapped Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre as the backdrop for his third Showtime stand-up comedy event Why Would You Do That?, which was filmed in front of a live audience on May 7th – one of the seven sold out shows at the theatre – to air on the network October 1, 2016 on-air, online, on demand and over the internet. Directed by Joe Demaio, Maniscalco will deliver his unique brand of physical and quick-witted observational comedy in a new hour of highly anticipated skepticism, all while asking Why Would You Do That??

“Coming up in this business over the years has taught me to look for folks that are in it for the same reasons I am,” said Maniscalco. “I knew we had found a great partner in Showtime on my last special, and I am happy we are continuing that relationship. Through their platform, I’ve been able to expose my stand-up to a broader audience and am looking forward to continuing to ask the hard questions like Why Would You Do That? when we returned to the Beacon Theatre this summer.”

The 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian, Maniscalco is one of comedy’s fastest rising new stars. Born and raised in a working-class Chicago neighborhood, he moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue his comedy career. There, he employed the work ethic his father instilled in him to build his name – simultaneously working as a waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel – and eventually drew the attention of actor Vince Vaughn, who cast him in Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show.

For more information, please visit SHO.com, www.SebastianLive.com and follow @SebastianComedy on Twitter and Instagram.

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Stranger Things Eleven Action Figure From ImagineNation DesignStudios Releases September 5, 2016

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This Eleven action figure from ImagineNation DesignStudios will be released on September 5, 2016. Based on the girl with psychokinetic gifts on the show, Stranger Things. Eleven becomes friends with a group of boys looking for their friend Will who mysteriously disappears one night.

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Each figure stands 3.5 inches tall, made in resin and hand painted individually. It comes in a carded packaging.

Order HERE for $70 plus shipping.

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Netflix Releases Christopher Guest’s Mascots Trailer

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Netflix has revealed the trailer for their upcoming film Mascots, from director Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind), which will officially debut on the streaming platform on October 13.

Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of “unusual” men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious gold fluffy award and be crowned best mascot in the world.

The Netflix original film stars Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley, Jr., Christopher Moynihan, Don Lake, Brad Williams, Zach Woods, Chris O’Dowd, Susan Yeagley, Sarah Baker, Tom Bennett, Kerry Godliman, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Michael Hitchcock, Maria Blasucci, John Michael Higgins, and Jim Piddock. The film was written by Christopher Guest & Jim Piddock and produced by Karen Murphy. Mascots will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

This will be Guest’s first feature film since 2006’s For Your Consideration, which broke the fake documentary formula from his previous efforts with more of a straight narrative story. Guest’s most recent effort was the 2013 HBO comedy series “Family Tree,” which starred Chris O’Dowd and was cancelled after one season.

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Netflix Renews Stranger Things For Season 2

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To announce the series Stranger Things return, Netflix on Wednesday released a new version of the show’s famous title sequence featuring what appear to be the titles of nine new episodes. Additional text reads, “In the fall of 1984, the adventure continues.”

Creators the Duffer Brothers will return to the series, as will EPs Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen. Entertainment Weekly talked to the Duffers about Stranger Things 2 details, and they were clearly thrilled to get to do a sequel — the pair were just about to deliver the first episode script to Netflix.

“We’re really excited about continuing the story,” says Matt Duffer. “There’s a comfort factor in that we know people love and have responded to this world and these characters. As much as possible, we’re trying to approach it the same as season 1, which is to write stuff that we’re excited about and we think is cool. The hope is that it translates to the fans and that people fall in love with it again.”

Adds Ross: “Just like we treated the first season like a big movie, we wanna treat this like a big movie as well and we don’t wanna coast on these characters. We’re trying to swing for the fences on this one.”

Expect to see the return of Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Joyce (Winona Ryder), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), etc. “We don’t know about Eleven,” says Ross Duffer. “We leave that up in the air.”

The Duffers also revealed there are four new characters popping up in season 2. “There’s going to be a lot of new and interesting dynamics that we didn’t see in season 1,” says Matt Duffer. There are nine titles in the recently released teaser, including one called “The Lost Brother.” Could that be one of the new characters?

Look for the series to return in 2017. To read more details about season two, click HERE.

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Westworld Trailer

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The one-hour drama series Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

The cast of the 10-episode series includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Jimmi Simpson, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ben Barnes, Simon Quarterman, Angela Sarafyan, Luke Hemsworth and Clifton Collins, Jr.

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Inspired by the motion picture “Westworld,” written and directed by Michael Crichton. Production companies, Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Executive producer/writer/director, Jonathan Nolan; executive producer/writer, Lisa Joy; executive producers, J.J. Abrams, Jerry Weintraub, Bryan Burk.

Westworld will premiere on HBO on October 2, 2016.

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Please Funko, Make This Eleven Figure From Stranger Things Real!

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In an effort to get the attention of Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer, Funko tweeted a mockup on Tuesday of one of the more popular characters, Eleven, a little girl of few words and impressive powers.

The Pop Vinyl figure of Eleven (played by Millie Bobby Brown) features her super-short hair, bloody nose from using her psychic powers, and her borrowed pink dress and blue jacket. She’s even holding her favorite food: Eggo waffles.

Fingers crossed that Netflix and the Duffer Brothers take note and release the full cast of characters from Stranger Things as Funko Pop! figures. Will Byers could even be upside down.

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